Travel: Il Salviatino, Florence

Worthy of its accolades from Conde Nast Traveler, Il Salviatino in Florence, is worlds away from ordinary. Voted 13th in the top 25 hotels in Europe, 2nd in the top 15 hotels in Florence and 96th in the top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World—this hand restored 15th century villa resting a top the quaint hillside of Fiesole, is a Tuscan dream ready to enrapture your heart, body and soul.

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Luxuriously appointed amenities and unique magical experiences are a mainstay, complete with the most picturesque of settings—which includes the unique delight of enjoying both the best of Florence and Tuscany during a single visit.

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This extraordinary 45-room villa sits romantically secluded on the slope of the town’s famous hill offering vast grounds for gazing panoramic views and romantic hillside strolls.

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The deliciously converted renaissance villa offers seductive common areas—including a charming entrance hall dressed under a vaulted brick ceiling—and a complimentary shuttle service into town, although it will be hard to leave its private park and landscaped grounds.

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Gorgeously restored rooms are decked out in black-and-white-checkered marble floors beckoning your footsteps (and photographs) with frescoed ceilings, fresh Tuscan linens, masculine tufted leather headboards, TVs that cleverly double as oversized mirrors (you’ll wish they were sold at the gift shop) and LED lighting rain showers which command long bathing experiences.

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Each room and suite features its own aesthetic including—original eclectic accents, mezzanine floors, intricate spiral staircases, a mysterious hidden library, and even an antique walk-in wardrobe and a bathtub shaped like a 12th-century stone sarcophagus.

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At night, the property glows with silver candelabras and outdoor lanterns basking in a romantic air you’ve never quite experienced before. La Terraza whisks you away to a romantic dining excursion sure to include its world famous potato dumplings with white meat ragout—a standout staple—traditional Tuscan recipes, and delightfully romantic breakfast moments.

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Let service ambassadors (their perfect blend of concierge and butler expertise) welcome you to a stay you won’t soon forget.

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